LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WKRN) – She’s Tennessee State University’s track and field coach, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and on Thursday she was speaking to the importance of keeping physical education in schools.
Olympian Chandra Cheeseborough-guice and several other coaches and athletes were at La Vergne Park Elementary promoting a physical education bill making its way through the legislature.
“I believe that academics and physical activity go hand in hand. It helps you know the body, the mind, so it’s all in one,” Cheeseborough-guice told News. “So we definitely need to bring that back to the classroom.”
“We are here today to bring awareness to the Thom Cronin Physical Education Act, said Andrea Burton, executive director of the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
“It’s a bill we are trying to get passed to emphasize how important physical education is and that it be taught by a licensed physical education teacher,” Burton explained.
Thursday’s event also supported a bill sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy that would require an annual assessment of physical education in Tennessee schools.